Tuskegee University mathematics professor, Vinod Goyal, dies


TUSKEGEE, Ala. (December 19, 2013) – Vinod Bhushan Goyal, a tenured full professor in the College of Arts and Sciences, Department of Mathematics, died Oct. 17. The mathematics community worldwide has lost a talented mathematician and an avid pure mathematics researcher in partial differential equations. He has been a pillar of stability in the Department of Mathematics since his employment at the university beginning fall 1982.

Goyal received the B.A. degree in mathematics, English, and history from D.S. College, Aligarh, India, in 1953; the M.A. degree in mathematics from Allahabad University, Allahabad, India, in 1956; and the Ph.D. (1963) in mathematics in the area of partial differential equations from Carnegie Institute of Technology (now Carnegie-Mellon University) under the supervision of the late professor Zeev Nehari. Prior to receiving the Ph.D. degree, Goyal was a lecturer in mathematics, Aligarh Muslin University, India. After the completion of his doctorate, he returned to India in June 1963 and took a teaching job for one year at Aligarh Muslin University. Goyal began teaching at Kurukshetra University, Kurukshetra, India, in August 1964. He was promoted to readership (associate professorship) in 1969. During his tenure at Kurukshetra University, Goyal directed the doctoral dissertation of a student receiving his Ph.D. in mathematics in the area of partial differential equations.

 When his wife, Sulbha Goyal, started to pursue her doctorate at the University of Tennessee, Knoxville, in numerical analysis, he took a sabbatical leave in August 1978 and joined the faculty at Knoxville College. He also worked part-time at the University of Tennessee, and did research collaboration there with several mathematics faculty members.

Goyal and his wife joined the faculty at Tuskegee University in August 1982. Both were promoted to full professorship with tenure. Vinod Goyal published more than 20 papers in the area of partial differential equations, some jointly with his wife. In addition to his teaching duties at Tuskegee University, he has served as a member of the Faculty Senate, an adviser to both master’s and doctoral students in engineering, and he has served on various university committees. Also, he has served as a reviewer of papers for publications.

His wife, a son, and a daughter who is a medical doctor survive Vinod Goyal. The mathematics faculty and other members of the entire university family send condolences to the Goyal family.

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